Many people dream of owning a business and someday making enough money to live the life of the rich and famous. The thought of having enough money to travel the world and buy luxurious items is appealing, yet many people will never achieve that dream. Guilherme Paulus has achieved that dream. Born in São Paulo, as a young Brazilian Paulus worked in several jobs before he was offered the opportunity to co-found tourism agency CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. When the partnership split Paulus worked hard to make a success of the floundering business, and his hard work paid off. Guilherme Paulus joined the Forbes Magazine list of billionaires when he sold a large portion of share to CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A to one of the world’s large investment and asset management firm. The American based Carlyle Group paid an estimated $420 million dollars which equates to R $1 billion.
Guilherme Paulus could live an idle life of luxury without the need to work but achieving billionaire status is not stopping him from looking forward to new projects in Brazils tourism sector. It seems that Paulus is a workaholic that takes great pleasure is expanding his business to new opportunities and in offering more Brazilians the ability to travel and enjoy staying at luxury hotels. It’s not enough for the Brazilian billionaire to own 25% of CVC and remain on its board of directors. Paulus has a new dream and big plans to become one of Brazil’s major hoteliers. With that goal in mind, he established GJP Hotels and Resorts named after himself.
Paulus sees this venture as a new foray into another tourism-related business and has no plans to retire. Older now and wealthy Guilherme Paulus still works with the same focus and intensity as when he was a young man of 22 years of age. He loves to travel to different cities for work and has bet on his ability to make a success of GJP Hotels and Resorts. Though he is still part owner of CVC Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A Guilherme Paulus has considered selling his remaining shares in CVC to the Carlyle Group someday, but that day is far into the future. There is still too much work for him to do.
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